Educating Ezra Klein

A mostly political Weblog.
Aug. 7 2007 2:14 AM

Educating Ezra Klein

A left whippersnapper tutored by his readers about teachers' unions.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Univision In the Tank? Looks like it. Eric Longabardi has what appear to be emails giving L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa the interview questions he's going to be asked days in advance. Maybe the title of the program, "Villaraigosa a su lado" ("Villaraigosa on your side") was a tipoff. ... Looks like another juicy story the L.A. Times didn't really want to get. They're in the business of killing stories  these days, not publishing them, apparently.  ... [Via Luke Ford.] .... 1:37 P.M. link

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Luke Ford is promising big things. ... 4:46 P.M.

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First the LAT "wikitorial," now the historic CNN/YouTube historic debate ... Victims of the same obscene image? .... Or is the CNN story a hoax? I, for one, ain't checking it out. I hear these images are very disturbing. But CNN might want to take a look. ... Update: Hoax, says this site. ... 4:37 P.M.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Historic Historic CNN YouTube Historic Debate II: Ryan Sager has some afterthoughts. I agree that the Biden response to the gun-toting You-Tuber was revealing--it showed Biden lacks even moderately calibrated snap judgment--and it was revealing in a way that a) wouldn't have happened with a non-YouTube debate, in which the questioner most likely wouldn't have gotten past security, let alone the screeners, and b) reflected Biden's alleged fatal flaw (or one of his several alleged fatal flaws), namely his cringe-making, unhinged spontaneous reactions. (See also: "I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do"). Sager goes off on the politics of the "gaffe":

Biden's obnoxious response when he insulted the gun owner toward the end as being nuts. It wasn't so much a personal gaffe as a moment that projected an ugly image of the Democratic Party as out of touch with rural voters and gun owners — big problems the party has been trying to overcome. He got a huge cheer from the audience, but that just compounded the problem.

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